Musician Mark Cutler, founder of the Schemers, the Raindogs, the Men of Great Courage and a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductee, is being celebrated this weekend in two benefit concerts. The concerts will be held Saturday night January 19th and Sunday afternoon, January 20th at The Met, and will feature over two dozen of Cutler’s bandmates and friends, a genuine all-star show of RI musicians.
Cutler was diagnosed with throat cancer last year, and although his prognosis is good, he’s not expected to return to performing until April. The concert evolved from a GoFundMe campaign and a desire on the part of the larger music community to aid a fellow musician who has supported many others over the years.
The concerts are being organized by bandmates Rick Couto, Emerson Torrey, and Richard Ribb, along with many from the larger music community pitching in. Couto noted,
“The money raised is certainly going to help Mark meet his obligations but really these concerts are a way for many musicians and the people who attend to honor the man and pay homage to his many years of creating the music of our lives. Many people have told me over the years that the Cutler songs have been the background to their lives growing up in this area.”
The concerts will highlight Cutler’s original songs, with each act expected to perform three songs each. The shows will be held at The Met in Pawtucket, a concert venue that has long supported local music.
“The Met is providing the space and helping in other ways to make sure we have awesome shows on both days. Rich and Sarah Lupo have long supported all the bands that Mark has fronted and are a huge part of the local and national music scene,” explained Couo.
As mentioned, the concerts will feature a collection of RI musical greats including several fellow RI Music Hall of Fame inductees. Saturday night’s show includes Neal & the Vipers, Tanya McIntyre and the Professors and Neutral Nation among others. Sunday’s show, beginning around 4PM, features Steve Smith & the Nakeds, Hope Anchor, and John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Both shows will include performances from the Schemers and friends, although Cutler himself is not scheduled to perform. In all, over two dozen artists and groups will perform.
We’ll have full coverage of the concerts here on WhatsUpRhodeIsland. Click here for ticket information and the line up.